Starting a short week with a Tuesday-that-feels-like-a-Monday is tough. Fortify yourselves with some informal writerly learnings.
First: Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter.
#pandemiclife is entering its sixth month and there’s no end in sight even though everyone has covid brain and is exhausted by the restraint and safety restrictions.
Today marked the return to schools for most children in Ontario. I wish them well, but I still worry. We’ve been told to expect a bump in infections, like it’s acceptable to sacrifice children’s and teachers’ and their families’ health.
Please wear your masks, respect social distancing, wash your hands, and stay safe.
Nancy Johnson explains what it’s like writing while Black in times like these. Kristan Hoffman hopes you’ll try these ideas to stay active in your writing life. Donald Maass wonders what—and how much—belongs in your novel? Erika Liodice explains how to give an out-of-print book new life through self-publishing. Liza Nash Taylor says she’s late to the party: on being a debut novelist at 60. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland shares seven considerations for your antagonist’s motivations (which will save you so much trouble). Helping Writers Become Authors
Orly Konig: suspenders for pantsers. Fiction University
James Scott Bell describes hanging upside down and other creative moves. Writers Helping Writers
The feminist trope explained. The Take
Jenn Walton: sweet writing is made of dreams. Then, Brenda Joyce Patterson explains how to establish a literary mentorship. Later in the week, Neha Mediratta wonders, are you giving yourself a chance? Then, A.R. Taylor offers five tips for creating your villain. DIY MFA
What is a motif? How is it different from theme and symbol? And how can you use motif in your writing? Reedsy
Joe Ponepinto advises that if you want to avoid rejection, take the writer out of the story. Jane Friedman
Angie Hodapp says, your protagonist must fail. Pub Rants
Jami Gold considers the black moment: understanding our options.
Shaelin explains how to raise your story’s stakes. Reedsy
Chris Winkle lists nine options for high stakes conflict without violence. Oren Ashkenazi: The Umbrella Academy shows us why it’s important to plan your powers. Mythcreants
Kristen Lamb explains how story forges and refines character.
Rahil Sheikh introduces us to Kuli Kohli: “They wanted to drown me a birth—now, I’m a poet.” BBC
Thank you for visiting and I hope that you found something that will support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends.